Creative Team


Written by William Shakespeare
Featuring Jonathan Cake, Cara Ricketts, and Thomas Jay Ryan
Directed by Simon Godwin

The Company of includes Oberon K.A. Adjepong*, Jonathan Cake*, Kenneth De Abrew*, Zachary Fine*, Leland Fowler*, Merritt Janson*, January LaVoy*, Christopher Michael McFarland*, Sam Morales*, Cara Ricketts*, Thomas Jay Ryan* and Haynes Thigpen*.

Set and Costume Designer: Paul Wills, Lighting Designer: Matthew Richards, Composer and Sound Designer: Jane Shaw, Choreographer: Brian Brooks, Vocal Coach: Alison Bomber, Properties Supervisor: Eric Reynolds, Dramaturg: Jonathan Kalb, Casting: Deborah Brown

Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Gross*
Production Stage Manager: Megan Schwarz Dickert*

Musicians: Drew Bastian, Robert Cowie, & Osei Essed

*Actors and Stage Managers appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

SIMON GODWIN (Director) is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where he has directed Sunset at the Villa Thalia, The Beaux Stratagem, Man and Superman, and Strange Interlude. At the Royal Court, his work includes Routes, If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, NSFW, The Witness, Goodbye to All That, The Acid Test and Wanderlust. For Bristol Old Vic, The Little Mermaid, Krapp’s Last Tape, A Kind of Alaska, Faith Healer and Far Away. For the RSC, he has directed Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has also directed Richard II for Shakespeare’s Globe and a national tour of Pat Barker’s acclaimed novel, Regeneration. For Roundabout Theatre Company in New York he directed The Cherry Orchard. Most recently he directed Occupational Hazards for Hampstead Theatre.
OBERON K.A. ADJEPONG (Provost) PARTY PEOPLE (Public Theater); Pericles (TFANA); 12 Angry Men (Billie Holiday); Tamburlaine 1&2 (TFANA); Like I Say, Cellophane (Flea); Mother Courage, The Blacks (Classic Stage, CTH); Wabenzi (New Ohio); Hamlet Project (La MaMa); Sango (Audelco nomination/NBT). Civil War Christmas (Centerstage); Electric Baby (Two Rivers); Good Goods (Yale Rep); Ruined (La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre/IRNE Award, Berkeley Rep); Timon of Athens, Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre); Rhyme Deferred (Kennedy Center). TV&FILM: BLACKLIST, THE KNICK, LOUIE, TALLULAH, FREEDOM, CRAZY FAMOUS, COLIN WARNER.  TRAINING: B.A.D.A. & Howard University.
JONATHAN CAKE (Duke Vincentiostudied English at Cambridge University and trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. On Broadway Mr. Cake has played Jason in Medea (Theatre World Award), Iachimo in Cymbeline at Lincoln Center, and Braham in The Philanthropist. Off Broadway his credits include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience, 2013 Joe A. Callaway Award for best classical performance), Antony in Antony and Cleopatra (The Public Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company), and plays by Jez Butterworth, Ethan Coen, and Claudia Shear. In London he has played Silva Vaccaro in Baby Doll (National Theatre, Barclays Theatre Award), the title role in Coriolanus (Shakespeare’s Globe), and roles at The Old Vic, the West End, and Off West End. He has appeared in many television shows in both the U.K. and U.S., including “Extras,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chuck,” “Angie Tribeca,” every type of “Law & Order,” “Doll and Em” on HBO and most recently “The Affair”. His film work includes Brideshead Revisited, True Blue, Honest, The One and Only, and First Knight. 
KENNETH DE ABREW (Froth/Messenger/Abhorson/Friar Peter/2nd Gentleman) is a stage, film and TV actor originally from Sri Lanka. His recent credits include Stage: Petrol Station (Kennedy Center), Guards at the Taj (Woolly Mammoth) and Indian Ink (ACT San Francisco) TV: Atlanta, Detour, Gotham and Orange is the New Black and Film: This Is Where I Leave You and Submission.  De Abrew possess an MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University and a BA in Theater and Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University. De Abrew is excited to be performing at TFANA for the first time!
ZACHARY FINE (Friar Thomas/Elbow Barnardine/1st Gentleman) Broadway: China Doll (with Al Pacino). Off-Broadway: Vanity Fair (Pearl), Coriolanus (Red Bull), Two Gentlemen of Verona, (TFANA/Folger, Helen Hayes Award Winner); Fashions For Men, (The Mint Theater) Julius Caesar (The Acting Company); Writer/Creator of Walled In and Manifest Destiny (Frances Black Projects/IRT); Regional: Folger, Guthrie, Playmakers, Asolo, Franklin Stage, Fulton, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Television/Film: Person of InterestBlackbox. Adjunct Faculty at NYU. 
LELAND FOWLER (Claudio) is thrilled to be making his TFANA and Off-Broadway debut. Theatre credits include The Taming of the Shrew, Tiny Houses (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Seven Guitars, Familiar (Yale Rep); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Alliance Theatre). BA: Morehouse College. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
MERRITT JANSON (Mariana) Off-Broadway: Tamburlaine the Great, Notes from Underground (Theatre for a New Audience), Coriolanus (Red Bull Theater), House For Sale (Transport Group), The Last Will (Abingdon Theatre Company), Built (59E59 Theaters). Regional credits includes work at Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theater (IRNE nomination), La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Two River Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Theatre de la June Lune, and others. Film: Otto+Anna, Mail Order Wife. TV: “Billions,” “Madam Secretary,” “Quantico.”
JANUARY LAVOY (Mistress Overdone/Escala/Francisa) Broadway: ENRON. Off Broadway: Wakey, Wakey, Signature Plays, Home, Two Trains Running (Signature); Wings (2ST); Coraline (MCC). Regional: Mark Taper Forum, McCarter, Alliance, Denver Center, Wilma, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public. TV: Blue Bloods, L&O, Noelle Ortiz on One Life to Live. Voice: Dozens of commercial campaigns, over 100 audiobooks, multiple Audie awards, and Publishers Weekly Audiobook Narrator of the Year. MFA: Denver. Thanks to DBA, Innovative, and most of all, MH.
CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL MCFARLAND (Pompey) New York: As You Like It, Of Mice and Men (The Acting Company); Spacebar (The Wild Project); The Winter’s Tale (Smith Street Stage); King John (NY Shakespeare Exchange); Even Maybe Tammy (The Flea). Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre; the Guthrie Theater; Signature Theatre; Pittsburgh Public Theater; the Kennedy Center; Philadelphia Theatre Company; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Opera House Arts; Arizona Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: “Sneaky Pete”, Upcoming Netflix Series. Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama.
  SAM MORALES (Juliet) TFANA: The Skin of Our Teeth, Pericles (dir. Trevor Nunn). Other NYC: Halley Feiffer’s It’s Just Weird Now… Regional: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tavern, The Comedy of Errors (Scranton Shakespeare Festival). Thanks to TFANA and Harden-Curtis. For Ant. 
CARA RICKETTS (Isabella) is making her Theatre for a New Audience debut. Cara Ricketts jumped onto the Toronto scene in Obsidian Theatre’s Born Ready, to great acclaim. She spent several seasons at The Stratford Festival, and was nominated for the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in her role in The Wild Party (The Acting Stage). Other credits include Constellations and Hedda Gabbler (Canadian Stage), Cyrano de Bergerac and Clybourne Park (Pacific Coast Rep Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland), and Antigone: Insurgency (One Little Goat). Cara has been recently included in Now Magazine’s top 10 artists of the year.
THOMAS JAY RYAN (Angelo) Broadway: The Crucible (Ivo Van Hove, director), In The Next Room or the vibrator play (Les Waters, director). Off Broadway: Travels With My Aunt, 10 Out Of 12, A Month In The Country, The Lady From Dubuque, The Little Foxes, The Temperamentals, The Misanthrope, Juno and the Paycock, Celebration (Harold Pinter U.S. premiere). Films: Burn Country, My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, The Missing Girl, Strange Culture, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Degas and The Dancer (title role, HBO), and the title role in Hal Hartley’s Cannes festival prize winning Henry Fool trilogy. He has guest starred on many television series and has received Drama Desk and Callaway Awards; Drama League and Gemini nominations.
HAYNES THIGPEN (Lucio) Broadway: Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebek, Misalliance @ The Roundabout; Off Broadway: An Octoroon (TFANA), Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Underground), Our House and The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons), Revenger’s Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull Theatre), To The Bone (Cherry Lane Theatre); Regional: Hamlet (McCarter Theatre), The Aliens (San Francisco Playhouse), August: Osage County (The Old Globe), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre), The Black Monk (Yale Rep), The Black Sheep (Barrington Stage). T.V. And Film: Horace and Pete, Elementary, The Good Wife, Law and Order, Law. And Order: Criminal Intent, Blackbird, Terror Firmer.